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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Good," frontal offset test; "good," side impact test; Top Safety Pick
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Front side airbags and curtain side airbags are standard
The 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan combines an impressive list of safety features with some coveted safety hardware from the insurance industry to create a strong overall safety resume.
While the federal government hasn't yet had a chance to test the 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan, the good folks at the IIHS have managed to put one through their rigorous evaluations, and the results are heartening. Not only did the Tiguan VW earn the highest possible rating, "good," in both IIHS tests, it also picked up an IIHS Top Safety Pick award for 2009. In deciding to award the 2009 VW Tiguan, the IIHS mentioned the Tiguan's "good performance in front, side, and rear tests" and the "standard electronic stability control."
The 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan isn't wanting for safety features, as according to Motor Trend, every VW Tiguan includes "ABS, an anti-slip program and electronic differential lock, engine braking assist, electronic brake force distribution and electronic stabilization." Edmunds adds that the Tiguan includes "front side airbags, curtain side airbags, rear side airbags, an engine immobilizer and child door locks." According to Kelley Blue Book, "front, front-side and front and rear side-curtain" airbags are standard, and furthermore, "rear side thorax airbags" are optional for the 2009 VW Tiguan.
In addition to the wealth of airbags and electronic safety features offered on the 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan, VW's newest crossover also affords great visibility from the driver's seat. Edmunds isn't shy about talking up the sightlines, saying that "outward visibility is excellent," and other reviews read by TheCarConnection.com agree with that assessment.
The 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan is one of the safest vehicles in its class, as well as one of the lowest-price utility vehicles to offer rear side thorax airbags.